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This is the first installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Dance and Science!
I have to be honest, as and English Language Arts and Dance specialist, I am struggling with the Next Generation Science standards. For example, notice the difference between the Arkansas state standard and the Next Generation standard:
Arkansas State Standard
Strand: Organization of the Human Body
Standard 1: […]
Next week will begin my Studio STEAM-up series. This series will take a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offer creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus will be the secondary national and common core standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in partnership with the national standards for Dance. Keeping in mind that true integration involves linking the standards and assessments for each of the disciplines, we will take […]
This is the final installment of my top 10 favorite high school dance lessons. I have tested each of these lessons with my students, the population being inner city students with no previous dance experience. As with any lesson, be sure you take the time to modify the plan so that it fits for your students.
This top 10 list will offer a brief synopsis of each lesson and a downloadable printout of the lesson including […]
This is the first of a two week installment of my top 10 favorite high school dance lessons. I have tested each of these lessons with my students, the population being inner city students with no previous dance experience. As with any lesson, be sure you take the time to modify the plan so that it fits for your students.
This top 10 list will offer a brief synopsis of each lesson and a downloadable printout […]
This week, we’re concluding the Reflections Series that I started last week on Unpacking the National Standards. Today, I’m offering up my insights on how Standards 9-11 went and where to go next!
In April we unpacked Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work (Full Article) and tested out the following lesson:
Grade: 9-12 (but can be simplified for younger students)
Title: How did I do?
a. Analyze the artistic expression of a dance. Discuss insights […]
At the beginning of this school year I decided to introduce a series, Unpacking the National Standards. Over the past 11 months I have designed and tested out lessons that align with our new national core arts standards (released last June). Some have been great and some, needless to say, were a train wreck, but either way they all were a great learning experience. With the culmination of the series, I thought it would be […]
This is the final installment of the Unpacking the National Standards for Dance series. This month we will be exploring Standard_11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Anchor standard 11 focuses on the artistic process of connecting with the component of relate. The enduring understanding is how dance literacy includes deep knowledge an perspectives about societal, cultural, historical, and community contexts. Although the anchor standard does not change […]
Teaching history and theory of dance within our dance classes is so important. However, with the multitude of things we need to complete, how do we fit it in and how do we determine what is most important to teach? In this three part series, I will be sharing full lesson plans with interactive assessments for the history of Ballet, Jazz, and Modern that can be used immediately. These plans take roughly a week to […]
As an instructional coach, I have been encouraging teachers to relinquish control and allow students to take ownership of their education. This is not always an easy task, for the teacher or the students, but the more students take ownership the more invested they become. Start with smaller responsibilities, for example class leadership where students are in charge of writing on the board, leading the class, running a discussion, etc. Eventually, students will take charge […]
Today, we are bringing you a free arts integrated lesson based on the book Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert. Grandfather Tang and Little Soo are sitting in the backyard one day, playing with their tangram puzzles, and Grandfather Tang weaves a tale of two fairy foxes that change from one animal shape to another. Robert Andrew Parker’s illustrations feature pen and watercolor tangram animal shapes.
The objective of the tangram puzzle is to arrange specific […]
Today’s free STEAM lesson is all about bringing movement to science through the elements of dance. I was actually inspired to create this lesson based on a question my daughter asked me in the car. Out of the blue, she called out, “Mommy, how do batteries work?” and to be honest, I didn’t know how to explain it in a way that she would understand. After a few YouTube videos and some drawings, she finally came […]
Children are natural actors. They do not require an acting class to change their voices or body shapes and levels to represent a lion or a giant, a mouse or a little boy. What they may not have, however, is the vocabulary to name what they are doing and the awareness to intentionally create characters by the use of their voices and bodies. That is what this lesson provides. In addition, students are encouraged to […]
Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing ALL NEW arts integration lessons for you to download for free! Today’s lesson is a secondary level science and dance integrated lesson from writer Typhani Harris.
Next Generation Science
HS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
The abundance of liquid water on Earth’s surface and its unique combination of physical and chemical properties are central to the planet’s dynamics.
Fine Arts: Dance
Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work
Explore a variety of stimuli […]
This month we will be exploring Standard_10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Anchor standard 10 focuses on the artistic process of connecting with the component of synthesize. The enduring understanding that as dance is experienced, all personal experiences, knowledge, and contexts are integrated and synthesized to interpret meaning. The essential question is: how does dance deepen our understanding of ourselves, other knowledge, and events around us? Although the anchor standard does […]